Last week, WOW airlines abruptly ceased operations and canceled all their flights leaving their passengers stranded on both sides of the Atlantic. The airline announced the sudden closure in a statement posted to it’s website on Thursday. It advised passengers to book new flights on other airlines and said some may be eligible for compensation.
Now that’s a real WOW isn’t it?!
The fact that they literally left more than 1,000 passengers hanging is shocking to say the least. The head of the company released a statement saying, “I’m very sorry about this as these are people who have supported us. I’m disappointed not to honor our commitments.”
The saddest part about this whole story is one reoccurring theme that’s probably happened or happening in all of our lives. It’s the same narrative of this airline that took people on a trip that they weren’t able to bring them back from. This got me to wondering why so many people lack the integrity to stay true to their commitments? Why are we constantly making commitments and then leaving people stranded?
Stranded- to leave (someone) without the means to move from somewhere.
And wait,…just hold it right there! Before you get all judgmental about what WOW did to their passengers; be honest with yourself and think back on all the times you’ve been guilty of doing the same thing to people in your own journey. Think about all the passengers you’ve left hanging in your relationships and day to day interactions. This got me to thinking about times where I’ve personally for whatever “good” reason I had, taken people places and left them stranded in mid air because I didn’t have the emotional and spiritual resources within to be able to carry them the distance. The truth is, we have all issued some “wolf tickets” in our own lives. Wolf tickets are promises we make to others where we oversell what we have to offer knowing good and well we don’t completely plan on doing what we said. This kind of stuff will inevitably leave the people we’re dealing with shocked and disappointed in the end. And let’s say our initial intentions were good; it’s still wrong to hype up what we’re going to do if we have no real intentions of giving 100% regarding what we said we would. My question is, why would you sign up to be a leader if you’re not willing to go the distance to produce what leaders produce? Why would you sign up to be a husband or a wife if your intentions are to be selfish and stay stubborn only wanting to do things your way!? It’s like selling a wolf ticket, or better yet a WOW ticket. WOW tickets are when you essentially leave another person shocked in a bad way because you said one thing in word, but your actions leave them stuck and stranded. It’s never a good feeling to be left stranded.
Sure, there are times where we all really did plan on taking whatever we committed to all the way, but the work and investment that goes along with carrying some people is sometimes more than we anticipated. Truthfully, some people are special cases, absolutely overwhelming and unreasonable. We have all encountered people on this journey that are just way too much.
So what does a person who’s going somewhere in life do when you find yourself dealing with someone who makes it impossible for you to honor your commitments?
First, let’s be clear about what someone “going somewhere” will never do no matter how unreasonable someone else is. Someone who’s going places won’t ever make excuses for being trifling! See, someone who’s fighting against their own elevation and promotion will mishandle the right people and devote their lives to investing in the wrong ones and that’s a major WOW. They will constantly take on people projects with those who aren’t interested in growing and changing for the better. Most of the time these kinds of daily interactions will in some odd way make them feel better about themselves. They will get some sort of a rush about always being the one who’s helping save their pitiful family and friends because somewhere in their warped mind; their extremely damaged and low self esteem is wrapped up in them having the upper hand. It’s the power they get from being the fixer and problem solver for everyone. They enjoy hanging out with people who are doing worse than them. The person who’s in conflict with their own take off will never openly express themselves and communicate how they feel like a grown up. Instead, they will typically say what they want by “acting” different, strange, weird and off. These people seriously lack the communication skills and maturity to speak up so they do things to try and make other people react to their foolishness. They have an extremely hard time having the conversations necessary to improve and resolve situations, so they resort to being passive aggressive and nice nasty. Because they often lack the courage or grace to be authentic and express themselves appropriately; they begin to use body language and defensiveness and distance to help make their point. This is sadly the strategy of those who can’t afford to finish what they started.
Anytime you’re in relationships with people who demonstrate such dishonor to your presence in their life, sooner than later they will sabotage things and run away what was once a blessing to them.
This is why it’s imperative for those of us going places to be realistic about what we are willing to offer others from the start. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you can carry on a healthy relationship with anyone committed to holding onto an unhealthy mentality. Be sure to admit you’re only willing to give of your time, love and all to people who are headed in the same direction as you. If you told someone you would be something,…live up to your commitment. If you signed up for an assignment DO IT WITH EXCELLENCE. Stop leaving people stranded. Stop issuing sorry statements. No one needs your sorriness.
Sure, there are times in my life where I’ve been guilty of selling WOW tickets; but as a growing adult we should all come to a place where we’re no longer willing to keep being sorry. While I’m not proud of the times in my past that I’ve been irresponsible and I’ve admittedly carried people half way, I realize I only left them them hanging because I overcommitted to them and under committed to myself. Thankfully, as of today I am proud to say I DON’T handle people or things that way anymore. My commitment as of now is strong in that the only WOW I want to hear from people regarding my impact in their life is “WOW, she helped me go places!”
My advice to all my coachable friends today is simple; Shock people with something other than wolf tickets, wow tickets, excuses, disappointment and I’m sorry. Stop leaving people stranded along the way. Sure up your commitments and make it so that the people who encounter you walk away saying WOW, that person is someone who’s truly going somewhere great!!
Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant
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